At last I got my Surrealistic Pillow - CD (RCA 2003) and listen to it for the first time in my live. (BTW: funny, to listen to a music, that is 40 years old for the first time).
Oh my dear , it sounds like a complete different band to me .
By now, I only listen to some live stuff (Monterey, Blessed, Sweeping, Woodstock) and I hardly can believe.
All is so slow, and so nice and lovely arranged. Casadys bass is hardly to hear, the electric guitar is very shy, much of accoustic instrument (guitar, flute?, tambourine, harmonica? a.s.o.)
Marty sounds like a school-band teenager, even Grace sounds like a honest chorus-girl.
Only in "Somebody to love" and "White rabbit" one can surmise, how her voice is getting later. In some songs her voice is only very gently and silent in the background (with some reverb?).
Spencer nearly only does "pitch" at the hiat and "patch" on the snare. No shuffle
Some songs (f.e. "My best friend", "How do you feel") sounds very close to the Mamas and Papas (Monday, Monday).
The accoustic guitar instrumental song "Embryonic Journey" is an interesting song.
ItÂ´s exciting to hear, how this band developed, but I think, I prefer the later (67-69) or the live stuff.
For my opinion, and to what I listen to by now, the sound I most prefer is the woodstock-gig ("Saturday" is great there, better than any other version I know). Unfortunatly there is no complete live-recording of the woodstock-gig ?
LetÂ´s see, what I think, when I first listen to the other studio-albums (Volunteers will be my next)...